Legends of skiing
TERRY AHOLATerry spent three years on the U.S. Ski Team 1982-84 then turned his attention to professional racing. He was named Western Rookie of the Year in 1984. Ahola is a native of Gladstone, Mich.DEBBIE ARMSTRONGA fine athlete, Debbie began skiing at the age of three. She was named to the U.S. Ski Team and finished second in the U.S. national combined in 1983. She had a third-place finish on the World Cup in SG in 1984. Armstrong won a gold medal in GS in Sarajevo at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games. She is currently a ski ambassador in Taos, N.M.JIM MOOSE BARROWSMoose Barrows was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1965 through 1970. Barrows was the North American downhill champion in 1969. He now resides in Steamboat Springs, where he is a consultant to the ski industry.FELIX BELCZYKHe hails from Canada and skied in World Cups starting in Beaver Creek in 1988 and ended his career on Aspens downhill in 1992. TODD BROOKERTodd Brooker recorded a total of four World Cup downhill wins and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team in Sarajevo in 1984. Brooker still follows the World Cup Circuit today as an expert commentator for ESPN.PAUL CARSONCarson was the 1973 Canadian slalom champion and later moved on to the professional ranks where he competed for eight years. ADRIEN DUVILLARD (Senior)A member of the French team 1953 to 1962 and the best world skier in 1960. World Champion in 1958 and 1962. Winner of DH and SL in 1959 Val dIsere and in 1960 Kitzbuehel. 1960 winner of Kandahr, Hariman cup and Allais cup in DH and combined; winner in 1961 of Val Gardena DH.ADRIEN DUVILLARD (Junior)A member of the French National Team for 10 years, he placed first in the Lillehammer World Cup Downhill in 1993. He is a four-time French champion in giant slalom, super-G and downhill. His wife Sophie LeFranc Duvillard is also racing in the American Ski Classic. BARBARA FERRIESHENDERSONThe better looking half of a dynamic brother-sister ski racing team (her brother is Chuck Ferries), Barbara was a member of the 1962 World Championships team in Chamonix, France, and brought home a bronze medal in the downhill. She won the Harriman Cup in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1964 as well as claiming double wins in the Aspen Roch cup at the age of 17. She was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1978 and is married to former Canadian national team member Scott Henderson.HOLLY FLANDERSA 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski team, Flanders was a member of both the 1980 and the 1984 Olympic teams. Flanders tallied three World Cup victories and was the U.S. national downhill champion in both 1981 and 1985. PAM FLETCHERFletcher was a member of the U.S. team at the 1987 and 1989 World Championships as well as the 1988 Olympics. She won national titles in downhill and super-G in 1987 and 1988. She snow serves as a product spokesperson for ski-industry related products.TORIL FORLANDForland dominated the world of womens professional racing in the late 70s and early 80s, winning five overall pro titles, four from 1981 to 1984. Prior to turning pro, Forland was the bronze medalist in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics in the combined. She now resides in Beverly Farms, Mass.DAVID GORSUCHA Vail resident since 1965, Dave Gorsuch was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1957-1964 and represented the U.S. in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. Following his retirement from the U.S. team, Gorsuch moved to Vail where he and his wife now boast a trio of successful sporting goods stores.LAURIE GRAHAM-FLYNNA four-time Canadian national champion in both downhill and super-G, Graham was a member of the Canadian National team from 1979-1988. During her career, she collected six World Cup downhill victories. JARLE HALSNESIn the 1980s Jarle and his brothers, Stein and Edwin, dominated professional skiing with Jarle claiming 27 career victories and a trio of overall titles in 1984, 1985 and 1987. Prior to turning pro, Jarle skied for the Norwegian National Team at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. A native of Sauda, Norway, Jarle now makes his home in Steamboat Springs.STEIN HALSNESStein was part of the Halsnes troika that literally owned the professional racing circuit in the 1980s. In 1984, Stein finished sixth in the overall standings of the Peugeot Grand Prix and was 10th in the 1985 rankings. The native of Sauda, Norway, now resides in Steamboat Springs.LASSE HAMREHamre was a member of the Norwegian National Team from 1962-1971, racking up a trio of national titles during his career. He was a member of the 1968 Norwegian Olympic Team, and went on to a successful career on the professional tour.SCOTT HENDERSONA member of the Canadian National Team from 1962-69, Henderson competed in both the 1964 Innsbruck and 1968 Grenoble Olympics. He was a World Cup winner in both downhill and giant slalom. Henderson returned to the Canadian National Team as a coach from 1970-72. BILLY KIDDOne of the more prominent members of the U.S. Ski Team from the 1960s and 70s, Kidd became the first American male skier to win an Olympic medal, the silver in slalom at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. In 1970, he became the first American male to claim a World Championships medal with a gold in the combined in Val Gardena, Italy. The Vermont native is now the director of skiing in Steamboat. Kidd was recently inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.ELISABETH LISIKIRCHLERDuring her career, Kirchler was known as one of the most congenial members of World Cup racing. A member of the 1984 and 1988 AUStrian Olympic Teams, she took the silver medal in giant slalom at the 1985 World Championships in Bormio, Italy.FRANZ KLAMMERAustrias Franz Klammer romanticized the sport of downhill ski racing and his daredevil style inspired many young racers over the course of his career. Klammer accumulated 25 World Cup downhill victories during his career, including a nine-win streak at the height of his career. SOPHIE LEFRANCDUVILLARDFrench racer Sophie LeFranc Duvillard represented her countrys national team for eight years. She was on the World Cup podium in Giant Slalom twice a second in Soelden, Austria, in 1994 and a third place in Cortina, Italy, in 1988. She is a three-time French champion in giant slalom and super-G. She is married to Adrien Duvillard (junior) who is also racing in the American Ski Classic.MICHAEL MAIRMairs accolades include three World Cup victories and 18 top-10 finishes. He participated in three Olympic games and five World Championships. He now lives with his wife, Carolina, and his son, Mattias. He is an avid golfer with an eight handicap.STEVE MAHREBorn four minutes behind twin brother Phil, Steve Mahre was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team. During his distinguished career on the World Cup circuit, Steve collected a total of nine victories and took the gold medal in giant slalom at the 1982 World Championships the first medal in an individual event by an American male. He won a silver medal in slalom at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic games.TAMARA McKINNEYIn her 13-year racing career, McKinney became Americas winningest skier. Just one highlight of her illustrious career came at the 1989 World Championships in Vail when she won the gold medal in the combined and a bronze in slalom. In 1983, McKinney became the only American woman to win the overall World Cup title.CINDY NELSONNelson first joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1971 and promptly scored World Cup points in her first two outings, a dramatic opening to a long and distinguished career that would continue through 1985. Nelson represented the U.S. on four Olympic and World Championship teams. Highlights of her career include a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympic downhill in Innsbruck and a silver medal in the 1982 World Championships downhill in Schladming, Austria. In all, Nelson collected a total of seven World Cup victories and seven U.S. national titles during her career. PATRICK ORTLIEBAustrian Ortlieb took the gold in the downhill at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville and won the downhill again at the 1996 World Championships in Sierra Nevada. He also represented Austria at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. INGEMAR STENMARKIngemar Stenmark has been called the most impressive technical skier in the history of the World Cup with his 86 wins (40 GS, 46 SL), and record-setting performances from 1974-1989. A triple Overall World Cup champion from 1976-1978, he also clinched ten GS & SL World Cup trophies in his prime. Ingemar also finished 2nd or 3rd ten times in the Overall standings. GUSTAV THNICompeting during the 1970s, Thoeni captured four overall World Cup titles, including three consecutive crowns from 1971-73. His illustrious resume also features a trio of Olympic medals and four World Championship medals, along with 24 career World Cup victories.OTTO TSCHUDIWinner of the 1983 Legends giant slalom and the 1988 Legends downhill, Tschudi began his 17-year ski racing career as a member of the Norwegian National team in 1964 and represented his country at the 1968 Grenoble and 1972 Sapporo Olympics.FRANZ WEBEROnce given the title as the fastest human on skis by the Guinness Book of World Records, Weber is a former six-time World Speed Skiing champion. From the late 1970s to the mid-80s, Weber dominated the sport of speed skiing.PETER WIRNSBERGERAustrias Peter Wirnsberger has the distinction of racking up more World Cup downhill starts 150 during his career than any other racer. A native of Vordernberg, Wirnsberger has eight World Cup downhill victories, a World Cup downhill title and a silver medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics to his credit.